Nickolas Ashford of Ashford & Simpson Dead at 69

Nickolas Ashford, one half of songwriting/production team and performance group Ashford & Simpson, died Monday afternoon. The 69 year old Ashford was battling throat cancer before succumbing to the disease.

Ashford along with with his creative partner Valerie Simpson’s career started to emerge in the 1960s as the pair wrote and/or produced “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Your Precious Love,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” and “You’re All I Need to Get By.”

By 1966 the music production duo signed to Berry Gordy’s Motown records working with Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles amongst others.

In 1974, Ashford & Simpson were married as they continued to work together for their musical careers. The couple birth two daughters, who were by their father’s bed side as he passed away.

Nickolas Ashford May 4, 1942 – August 22, 2011(RIP).


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